CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Robert Furgason, former Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President and past Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute, has been appointed to serve on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Strategic Planning Committee. He attended his first meeting on March 3 in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, nominated Furgason for the position.
“I immediately thought of Dr. Furgason because of his years of experience as president,” said Killebrew. “He is in tune with the issues higher education leaders face from day to day in providing support for underrepresented groups and developing programs.”
As the “Closing the Gaps By 2015” strategic plan winds to a close, the newly-appointed Higher Education Strategic Planning Committee will help determine the state’s next strategic plan to inspire and advance student success and position Texas as a leader in an increasingly complex world economy. The Committee will also deliberate on a variety of higher education-related topics over the next year before it makes a focused recommendation on the next strategic plan for higher education in Texas.
Furgason served as the President of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for 14 years. During his tenure, the Island University grew from a small upper-level institution to one with almost 8,500 students. He was instrumental in the university’s strategic plan and the THECB Closing the Gaps Initiative. Furgason also played a key role in the development of the Harte Research Institute and served as its first Executive Director.